Half-asleep, I dragged my feet across the passage. Gnawing hunger had woken me up and I intended to start my day in the kitchen. I was already in the sitting room before I noticed my sister and her husband tearing at each other like rabid animals. I stopped and contemplated returning to my room like … Continue reading Entangled
My freshly fixed neon nails suddenly looked more interesting than everything else going on around me. I had stepped into church convincing myself I had been away for too long. The truth was, I had come with the hopes of ‘accidentally’ running into him. But the uneasiness I felt deep in my stomach told me … Continue reading Once Lost, Twice Broken
The group huddled together for a picture as the tour guide struggled with the glittered iPhone, obviously foreign to him. Amber cringed and silently prayed he wouldn’t drop it. I went hungry to buy this phone. Don’t let my village people win. ‘Say furaha,’ the tour guide finally chanted, exposing two missing front teeth. A … Continue reading Tsoro
(An almost true story) It was the first day of the free skills acquisition project organized by one of the corpers and work was in full force. Oiza had no idea what she had volunteered for would be back breaking. The pile of application forms kept increasing, almost like half the town had turned up … Continue reading Love Happens
Uche leaned against the car and rapped his fingers on the roof. He watched as Somto emerged from the Junior Church building. As much as a lot had changed in the home front, she was still diligent with her service in church. It baffled him how she had become a stranger to their daughter yet … Continue reading Primavera – Episode 4
“Chin up! Shoulders parallel! Back straight!” The petite white woman in a green English dress kept rolling out instructions to the girls who seemed less and less interested in each new lesson. All morning, they had had to practice how to introduce themselves, start a conversation, give a proper handshake and now they were practicing … Continue reading Primavera – Episode 3
Somto was bent over the rail as she looked at the activities going on around the neighborhood. The early morning breeze was warm against her cheeks. Closing her eyes, she imagined herself on the top of a very high mountain surrounded by tiny raindrops falling all around her. She could almost smell the mountain air. … Continue reading Primavera – Episode 2
"You don't walk away when I'm talking to you, Somto." He was beginning to perspire from another round of what seemed like an unproductive session of talking some sense into his wife. Somto simply walked over to the bar to pour herself another drink. She was clad in a white tank top and ankara bum … Continue reading Primavera – Episode 1
"You should have aborted me when you had the chance!" Enitan shouted back.
Her mouth fell open, as she staggered, holding on to the bed for stability. She felt like she had been hit by a boulder.
"What did you say?" She stammered.
"I know why you married dad."
Enitan tilted the edge of her beret to cover her face and hoped nobody would notice. The wound above her left eye was more pronounced now that it was daylight. She had her face to the floor as she rushed to her seat, oblivious to the figure approaching her. They collided just as she got … Continue reading Enitan: Episode 1